Ceres punches ticket to AFC Cup Asean zone finals
YANGON — Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros advanced to the AFC Cup Asean zone finals for the second straight year after beating Yangon United, 6-5, on aggregate Wednesday.
The Busmen reached the finals despite losing the second leg to the Myanmar League side, 2-3, in an ill-tempered affair where both teams finished the match with 10 men.
Ceres midfielder Manny Ott scored in the ninth minute to cancel out Kosuke Yamazaki’s second minute goal, before Bienvenido Maranon put the Busmen on their way with a 78th minute strike.
But Maranon got sent off for taunting the home side during his goal celebration and was promptly sent off by Korean referee Ko Hyung-jin.
WithCeres down to 10 men, Yangon chased the game and the Burmese side was rewarded Aee Soe’s close range strike in the 83rd minute to make it 2-2 on the night and 4-6 on aggregate.
A Sekou Sylla penalty off a handball on Carlie De Murga in the 87th minute put the match back on a knife edge, before the Busmen kept their poise to finish the tie.
The victory meant Ceres will face Home United of Singapore in the finals for the second straight year, although Maranon, its top scorer with 10 goals in the competition, will miss the first leg due to his red card.
Home stunned Persija Jakarta, 6-3, on aggregate in the other semifinal tie. —